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City-centre shooter finally secures lawyer

By: Kelvin Chiringa

Simata Simasiku, the man who made headlines after fatally shooting a Global Fund employee recently, will make his second appearance this week in the Windhoek Magistrates’ court for formal bail application.

Simasiku sent shock-waves right across the country when he stormed into the eighth floor of the city-centre building before fatally gunning down Sarah Mwilima and severely injuring Ester Nepolo.

The accused has now secured the services of lawyer Henry Shimutwikeni of Henry Shimutwikeni & Co Inc.

In the meantime, two statements are outstanding as well as laboratory results, the court heard last week Friday.

He is set to appear in court on the 6th of March this week.

The tragic incident which occurred towards the end of January this year was sparked after Simasiku was allegedly informed that his contract would not be renewed, thus throwing him into a state of fury.

He now face charges of murder and attempted murder.

His first court appearance was hustle-free, and he appeared very relaxed as he pleaded with the court to have time to get a private lawyer first before securing one through the directorate of legal aid.

Mwilima, who died on the spot during the shooting incident, was employed as the management unit director, while Nepolo holds a position in the monitoring and evaluation department.

Nepolo escaped death by a whisker when two shots rang in the building and she got rushed to a private hospital where she got stabilised.

Mwilima was later laid to rest under a cloud of nation-wide mourning while her tragic death received a backlash from different sections of society.

She was hailed as a champion of women.

Meanwhile, the entire tragedy has been defined to mean that violence against women continue to rock the nation, years after independence.

Kelvin Chiringa

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